Beginning Teacher License

  • Beginning Teachers (with no previous teaching experience) will be issued an Initial teaching license. This license is issued for three years which will allow time for the new educator to complete the State required Initial Licensure Teacher (ILT) Program. This program is talked about in the Teacher Support section of the Human Resources webpages.

    To be eligible for an Initial teaching license, an individual must have done the following:

    • Completed a state teacher education program from a regionally accredited college or university, or
    • Completed another state's approved alternative route to licensure, met the federal requirements to be designated as "Highly Qualified", and earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college.
    • Or qualify for a N.C. lateral entry teaching license (see Lateral Entry Eligibility Chart)


    All ILTs are required to participate in the Initial Teacher Program which is talked more about in the Teacher Support section. Failure to participate could result in not being eligible to convert the Initial license to the Continuing license which is the five-year license.

    If a teacher taught in a private or charter school and believes they participated in a similiar ILT program, they can have their previous school complete the ILT Verification Form verifing the areas of participation and submit to the Personnel Support Coordinator for review. If it is confirmed that the years can count toward the ILT Program, the ILT's status will advance from a 1st year to a 2nd year ILT or a 2nd year to a 3rd year ILT. All ILTs will have to complete their 3rd and final year with ECPS in order for the district to recommend conversion from an Initial to a Continuing license.